Italy: police detains dozens in anti-Mafia crackdown

Italy: police detains dozens in anti-Mafia crackdown
Italy: police detains dozens in anti-Mafia crackdown

Police said in a statement that the operation, which involved some 500 police officers, dismantled the top tiers of Palermo syndicates. News reports said that seven people remained at large and were being sought by the police.

Piero Grasso, national anti-Mafia prosecutor, said that wiretapped conversations among top mobsters gave a very clear picture of the Sicilian Mafia, the AP reports. 

Some of the suspects had been in touch with Provenzano through his "pizzini," or notes about the administration of Cosa Nostra affairs delivered by Provenzano's lieutenants, investigators said.